Benefit News


Temporary promotions for NCOs slated to begin next year

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2020 - The Army plans to adjust how it promotes its noncommissioned officers that could impact Soldiers who are serving in combat, starting a family, or attending the non-resident Sergeants Major Course, said the Army’s top enlisted Soldier.


VA program helping more Veterans connect with bank, credit union account choices

WASHINGTON, November 20, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today at least 25,000 more Veterans are now receiving monetary benefits through federally-insured banks and credit unions — mitigating their risk of fraud occurrence.


Holiday Season Guidance to Minimize Spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2020 - On Tuesday, the department released the Holiday Season Guidance to Minimize Spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, which supplements existing guidance in DOD Force Health Protection Supplements, military installation orders, and Combatant Command disease prevention guidelines, as well as other state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.


VA, federal partners plan for COVID-19 vaccination distribution

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 vaccine plan to ensure VA safely and equitably distributes vaccines once authorized.


Department of Defense Announces Cost of Living Increase to Retired Pay

WASHINGTON, November 12, 2020 - Today, the Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2021. Most military retirees will receive a 1.3 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on December 31, 2020. Likewise, survivors of members who died on active or inactive duty, or survivors of military retirees who participated in the Survivor Benefit Plan will, in most cases, see a 1.3 percent increase to their annuities beginning in January.


Q&A: Set Up Your TRICARE Select Enrollment Fee Allotment Before Nov. 20

Falls Church, VA, November 12, 2020 - Are you a TRICARE Select Group A retiree or family member? If so, you need to set up your automatic monthly payments for your new TRICARE Select enrollment fees. Setting up your payment plan now with your TRICARE regional contractor will ensure your TRICARE Select coverage continues in 2021. The following are some questions and answers about who needs to set up payment, how to set up your payment, and why you shouldn’t wait to do so.